35,200 Jobs Added in December

Jobs increase

CBJ — The economy ended 2019 on a strong note with December figures showing 35,200 jobs were found according to figures released by Statistics Canada.

The increase helped drop the unemployment rate to 5.6% compared with 5.9% in November when 71,200 jobs were dissolved.

The number of private sector employees rose by 56,900, offset by a loss of 21,500 public sector jobs. The number of self-employed fell by 200.

Full-time employment rose by 38,400 jobs, while the number of part-time jobs fell by 3,200.

Jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in parenthesis):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.8% (11.2)
  • Prince Edward Island 7.9 (8.0)
  • Nova Scotia 7.9 (7.8)
  • New Brunswick 7.5 (8.0)
  • Quebec 5.3 (5.6)
  • Ontario 5.3 (5.6)
  • Manitoba 5.0 (5.6)
  • Saskatchewan 5.7 (5.8)
  • Alberta 7.0 (7.2)
  • British Columbia 4.8 (5.0)

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